Patrolman Anton Valentine Lehr, Jr.

Patrolman Anton Valentine Lehr, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, March 7, 1960

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Anton Valentine Lehr, Jr.

Patrolman Anton Lehr died when his patrol car filled with carbon monoxide fumes.

Patrolman Lehr and his partner were on patrol on the Grand Central Parkway when his partner began to feel ill. They pulled the car over at the station and the partner went inside, while Patrolman Lehr remained in the car. Unknown to the Patrolman Lehr, carbon monoxide was leaking into the car through a small hole in the trunk caused by broken snow chains.

When the partner returned a half hour later, he found Patrolman Lehr unconscious in the patrol car. He died before reaching a hospital.

Patrolman Lehr had served with the New York City Police Department for four years, and was assigned to the Grand Central Parkway Precinct, the present day Highway 3.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 15310

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins

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Our dear cousin Anton,

It’s been 60 years since your tragic death. My father William C. Kranz Jr., 91 years old, speaks fondly of you and always tells us stories when you guys were young. My brother Billy is your Godchild and he was less than 2 yrs old when you died. My brother John has your name as his middle name. My maternal grandmother passed away on March 7th also and my sister and great niece were born on March 7th. We remember you and pray for you in Heaven every night. Rest In Peace Anton Valentine Lehr.

Kathlyn G. Kranz Leggio
2nd Cousin

March 11, 2020

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